How To: Make Your 2016 Bulbs Look Great

20130922_schlessal_0124-Edit_5-Edit_6-Edit_7-Edit_8-Edit_9-Edit_fusedNothing brightens up a yard more than the glory of colors produced by hundreds of flowers. If you’ve thought about upping your gardening game in 2016 by planting bulbs that produce showy blooms, you still have time to make your outdoor living space the talk of the neighborhood. Here are some how to landscaping tips that will make easy work resulting in a colorful front or backyard that will last from early spring until the first frost.

Choose Bulbs Wisely. Start with high quality bulbs as these will produce the best flowers. Select plump and firm bulbs and avoid those that are soft or have mold. Bigger bulbs also tend to fare better than smaller ones of the same variety.

Plant at the Right Time. Early spring bulbs such as snowdrops, tulips and daffodils that begin sending shoots up as soon as the days start to lengthen and warm require planting in the fall. However, you still have time to plant summer and early autumn-flowering varieties. Dahlias, gladioli and lilies that bloom during the height of summer should be planted after all danger of frost has passed. The best time to fertilize existing bulbs is in the spring when they send out new roots.

Plant Properly. How and where you plant bulbs is crucial to their success. Most bulbs like sunny locations where they won’t be subject to rot. However, make sure by looking on packaging to determine if your species would rather have a shady location or full or partial sun, preferred by most bulbs. Another thing you can do to ensure that your blooms are the best they can be is to plant them firmly into position, at the depth suggested by packaging. Place bulbs pointy side up and make sure they have good, fertile soil for the best chance of superior blooms.

Group and Layer. To make interesting scenarios, group bulbs into numbers of at least 30 to 50 to provide sufficient color and groupings. Bulbs are at their best when packaged in layered groupings of at least 30 units.

The important thing to remember when selecting bulbs for your landscape is how selection and planting will fit into your overall landscape. Make sure your bulbs fit into your lifestyle so you are not surprised by scenarios that don’t fit your home’s visions and spending structure.

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